Rather than a central character, Matthew Hooton’s debut novel revolves around its setting, a fictional road on Vancouver Island, ‘‘far enough from coastline and so deep in wilderness that it feels like it inhabits its own continent’’.
‘Where they burn books, they will eventually burn people,” German poet Heinrich Heine wrote in 1821.
It takes more than 100 pages for the odd couple in Peter Carey’s new novel to sail for America, and it’s only when they leave that the story truly begins. Parrot and Olivier are radically different, equally engaging characters but, having introduced
In her extraordinary tenth novel, Hilary Mantel defamiliarises an extremely well documented period of Henry VIII’s fearsome, paranoia-filled reign and, in many ways, recasts Tudor history.
‘This is the story of Elizabeth Day,” says the narrator of The Anatomy of Wings early in the novel. ‘‘I have made it from things I saw and things I did not see but later knew. It is made from the tatters of terrible things and the remnants o f wonder
Fourth Estate €18 During a key scene in Solo, the 100year-old central character imagines a conversation with his only true love, a Jewish woman he met while studying chemistry in Berlin in the 1920s. ‘‘You must know I died long a go,” Ulrich’s former
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